Yesterday, I wrote a poem, and used this picture.
This is a plant called, “Fireweed”. I photographed this plant in the mountains of Idaho, several years ago.
Fireweed grows in harsh atmospheres. Places like rocky ground, fire-burned areas, weedy areas, and even in places where oil spills have occured. It grows in damp, gravelly, slightly acidic soils in temperate to arctic climates. It is a hardy plant that grows where many plants cannot survive. It is also absolutely beautiful when it blooms, especially, when the background is a charcoal black remnant of an old burned forest.
The one thing it does need is sunlight and open areas.
The Fireweed plant is also a useful plant. The Native Americans used it for medicinal purposes, and they ate it for nutrition. It is now known that it contains good amounts of Vitamin A and C. The leaves were used for tea in Russia, and other countries have been known to use parts of this plant for kidney and urinary problems. Wikipedia has more on this topic.
What I find interesting, is that its seed can lie dormant in the ground for many years. Then, when the soil is disturbed, this beautiful plant comes to life. It shoots forth into the sunlight and blooms profusely with purple and white flowers that add grace and beauty to harsh backdrops.
It thrives, reproducing and growing, as long as there is lots of light.
It cannot live where there is a lot of shade or darkness.
When we experience a disturbance in life, what seeds will we grow? When our soil has been blackened with sadness and despair, with tragedy, there are good seeds below the surface, just waiting for the sunlight to expose them and nurture them.
Just like the fireweed needing the sunlight, we need to walk in the light of Jesus in order to thrive.
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
If you are feeling ‘dormant’ in your faith, or if a catastrophic event has caused a bitter weed with no value to spring up, get out in the sunlight of Jesus, and bask in His presence! You will flourish and become beautiful in the Lord, producing a harvest!
1 John 1:7
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
One day we will be with the Light of the World, and we won’t have to worry about the darkness of this world. We have a win/ win situation. Don’t become discouraged with the things that are trying to cast shadows on your faith. Focus on the light of Jesus. His light penetrates the darkness.
23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. 25 On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there.
Dear God, You made so many things in nature that show us who You are. I love the Fireweed. It is so beautiful to see growing in areas that have been devastated by fire, or in rocky ground, or in weedy banks along the roadside. It is a lesson for us to thrive in the light. In You, there is no darkness. Your light exposes the seeds within us that sometimes lie dormant. You help us to thrive in even the most harsh circumstances. You give beauty for ashes, and the oil of joy for mourning. Thank You so much ! Amen.